Subsurface lithoautotrophic microbial ecosystem

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Subsurface lithoautotrophic microbial ecosystems, or "SLIMEs" (also abbreviated "SLMEs" or "SLiMEs"), are defined by Edward O. Wilson as "unique assemblages of bacteria and fungi that occupy pores in the interlocking mineral grains of igneous rock beneath Earth's surface."[1]


  1. ^ Edward O. Wilson, The Future of Life (New York: Random House 2002), 7.

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